Monday, September 30, 2019

Boden - Behind the Seams...Tweed with a Twist

Let's talk Tweed. I personally love it. How about you?
J.Crew used to offer really excellent quality classic tweed jackets and coats, of which I still have a few. Unfortunately, it seems those days are gone, and while we hope for their return, we at least have another great option to shop for classics with a twist...including tweed, and that is at Boden.
There is a really interesting feature on their website right now called 'Behind the Seams', which shares the history and inspiration behind Johnnie Boden's 'Tweed with a Twist'.

From the Boden website...

"Tweed-obsessive Johnnie Boden had a brainwave. ‘I’ll buy a tweed archive,’ he thought. ‘It will inspire all of our designs. I’LL DRESS THE WHOLE WORLD AND ITS DOG IN TWEED!’ He got (nearly) all of his wishes when he purchased a huge archive of fabric from the historic Hunters of Brora™ – whose fans include royalty (well, if it’s good enough for HRH…).
The archive now serves as inspiration for every piece of tweed clothing we make.
This is a story of British heritage, London-based designers and historic fabric mills.

The archive is our starting point. We might be leafing through, find a swatch of tweed and think, “that would look great in bright pink” or “let’s take the blue from this one and put it into an amazing check,”’ says Helen Webb-Carter, our fabric-sourcing expert. Her team, alongside our talented in-house designers, figure out which styles would look best in which tweeds.

They work with British mills, including Abraham Moon & Sons (one of the last remaining woollen mills in the country that manage the entire process from raw material to finished product), to give our archive tweeds that famous Boden twist. We’re proud of our British heritage, so working with British suppliers like Moon’s makes us warmer and fuzzier than the wool in our clothes."

"Helen and her team then head to the land of tea and tweed (AKA Yorkshire) to visit the mill, armed with their chosen tweeds and designs in an array of joy-inducing colours
(our favourites being sunshine yellow and post-box red).
This is where the fabric goes from average Joe to above-average Johnnie and really comes to life."

Tweed: not just for librarians and undercover superheroes

"We focus on unexpected trims, modern shapes, and always design cuts that
fit and flatter like no other,’ Helen says. This meticulous attention to detail is why we love Helen –
she’s a perfectionist, like us.

‘There’s a real artisanal element to tweed,’ she says. ‘It’s built to last, to be a wardrobe staple that’s worn for years and years then handed down.’
If only Boden tweed could talk…"

Tradition with a twist – our tweed is one-of-a-kind

"By blending British heritage and modern details, we end up with designs that you won’t see anywhere else. They’re totally unique which means that when you buy Boden tweed, you’re buying a little part of our history."

Love, love, love this Boden history lesson! So interesting to find out the details and thought processes behind their fabulous 'Tweed with a Twist'.

Take a peek at the Boden tweed I'm loving...

Btw, there is also a video to watch that gives a visual and even more insight 'Behind the Seams'.
Check it out here. 😊

Sunday, September 29, 2019

By Request - Shop the Look...

Shop It.

Coat Options:
One, Two, Three, and Four

Turtleneck Options:
Denim Options:
One, Two, Three, and Four

Belt Options:
One, Two, Three, and Four

Sunglasses Options:
One, Two, Three, and Four

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Baking Simplified: Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and having a wonderful weekend so far! 😊
Today I'm sharing a Pumpkin Spice Muffin recipe that is so easy peasy to make!
It only takes TWO ingredients! That's right...only two, and the muffins are incredibly moist and oh so delish! You may just want to eat more than one!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease your muffin pan
3. Mix the cake mix and pumpkin together in a bowl
4. Spoon the batter into the pan
5. Bake according to the directions for muffins on the box (usually 15 minutes or so)

That's it. I kid you not.
They are INCREDIBLY EASY to make, and will disappear as quick as lightning...
especially if you have kiddos around! Do let me know what you think if you give them a try! πŸ’•

Friday, September 27, 2019

Shopping Simplified @ Madewell: The Fall Collection has Arrived - Take A Peek At What I'm Loving...

The Madewell Fall Collection is available online now, and there is plenty to love! πŸ’•
This is definitely one of my favorite seasons, so needless to say,
I am adding quite a few things to my wishlist.

Madewell describes the collection:

"Plaids like you’ve never seen ’em. Superfresh takes on stripes. Plus, all the cool coats, plush sweaters and, of course, great jeans you could possibly want."

Take a Peek at What I'm Loving...

What are you loving from the Fall Collection at Madewell?
Planning to give anything a try? Do tell! 😊

Thursday, September 26, 2019

From the Archives... J.Crew Goes to Prague Video - Fall 2008

Earlier this month, I shared images from the J.Crew September 2008 Catalog... 5 Days in Prague.
Well my lovelies, I have another treat for you. I am sharing more J.Crew of Yesteryear...
this time it's the "J.Crew Goes to Prague" video from way back then.
I'm sure that many of you will remember watching this when it first debuted...
those were such glory days for J.Crew.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Age of Elegance...

Fabulous news, my lovelies! We are finally getting what we've been asking for all these years...
the Age of Elegance is back when it comes to designer lines for fall.
We should be seeing a lot of tweed, checks, tartans, satin, silk, scarves, bows, culottes and knee high boots, which thrills me to no end! How about you? 😊
Granted, I do have quite the collection already in my wardrobe, but it is so refreshing to see outfits on the runway, or at least pieces of them, that I would actually consider wearing,
and that do translate to everyday life.

One of my favorite shows was the Fall 2019 Celine Ready-To-Wear Collection.
So many lovely pieces to wish for, and looks to recreate.

Take a Peek at What I'm Loving...

Feeling in the mood to shop for items to get similar classic looks?
Take a peek at these lovelies...

What are your thoughts on the return of Elegance?
Are you loving any of the Celine Ready-to-Wear looks as much as I am?
Which one is your favorite? Do tell! πŸ’•

P.S. Did you know that Celine is available at select Nordstrom locations?

*All images via Vogue

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Love This...

Understated. Effortless. Casual Chic.

Shop It.

The Sky's the Limit:

On a Budget:

Monday, September 23, 2019